Dispatch from the Digital Planet: March 2024

Check out the latest research insights, analyst spotlights, and news from Digital Planet.

With elections in at least 83 countries, will 2024 be the year of AI freak-out?: Bhaskar Chakravorti

Regulatory panic could do more harm than good. Rather than poor risk management today, rules should anticipate the greater risks that lie ahead.

What if Regulation Makes the AI Monopoly Worse?: Bhaskar Chakravorti

In 2023, AI's breakthrough led to Big Tech dominance. Regulators, aiming to protect, unintentionally fueled accelerationists' power, raising consolidation risks.

The Emerging Geography of AI: Introducing the Top-Ranked AI Nations (TRAIN) Scorecard

As competition intensifies in the global race for AI dominance, we mapped the emerging geography of AI leadership across four main drivers: data, rules, capital, and innovation.

Charting the Emerging Geography of AI: Bhaskar Chakravorti, Ajay Bhalla, and Ravi Shankar Chaturvedi

AI power shifts globally impact prioritized applications, societal benefits, economic sectors, data for training algorithms, biases inclusion, and innovation versus safeguards balance. 25 nations compete for AI leadership.

Unlocking Africa's job creation potential: Insights from experts

In an exclusive interview with Business Insider Africa, representatives from Tufts Fletcher School, the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, and Dalberg shared their perspectives on the critical challenges and opportunities facing Africa's youth in the realm of job creation

Building Better Technology: Interview with Bhaskar Chakravorti and Philippe Beaudoin

At the AI-volution of Culture conference, Bhaskar Chakravorti engaged in a thought-provoking debate on the future of AI with Philippe Beaudoin. The exchange, skillfully moderated by Marc Nicholson, provided valuable insights. The event, hosted by Quilt.AI and led by CEO Anurag Banerjee and co-founder Angad Singh Chowdhry, proved to be a dynamic platform for exploring the evolving landscape of artificial intelligence.

GovTech Idea Conference

On the sidelines of the 78th UNGA, Digital Planet co-hosted a panel discussion with Mastercard on the opportunities and challenges in the digitalization of government programs and services and how public-private partnerships can deliver on the promise of a more transparent, inclusive, efficient, and resilient governance and help bridge the gap between citizens and governments.

Is India the World’s Next Great Economic Power?: Bhaskar Chakravorti

India's economic rise seems promising with drivers like demand, supply, policy reforms, and geopolitics, but challenges remain.

Advancing the Future of Work in Africa through Digital Transformation: The Role of Systems Orchestrators

Fuel African labor markets: Embrace digital shifts, empower 'systems
orchestrators,' drive growth for 375M job seekers.

How digital public infrastructure is changing the world: Interview with Bhaskar Chakravorti

In this interview, Bhaskar Chakravorti discusses the importance and future of digital public infrastructure with Hindol Sengupta.

The AI Regulation Paradox: Bhaskar Chakravorti

Regulating artificial intelligence to protect U.S. democracy could end up jeopardizing democracy abroad.

The missed opportunity in the AI boom: Interview with Bhaskar Chakravorti

Artificial intelligence is disrupting and transforming our working lives. While it holds the promise of greater productivity, it could also threaten a wide range of jobs and make income inequality even worse. Today, how research into artificial intelligence tech may be targeting the wrong problems and missing chances to help humanity.

The Generative AI Revolution: A Glimpse Into the Future of Work: Bhaskar Chakravorti

A look at how previous waves of digital technologies affected workers offers some insight into AI’s potential impact in the years to come.

How GPT Mania Could Harm AI Innovation: Bhaskar Chakravorti

The scramble to win the GPT race could divert essential resources from the development of more socially meaningful uses of AI

The Case for Investing in Digital Public Infrastructure

Investing in digital public infrastructure in India revolutionizes business and governance. Successful projects require government-business coordination.

How will AI affect workers? Tech waves of the past show how unpredictable the path can be

New digital technologies have been a constant for workers over the past few decades, with a mixed record on the economy and individuals’ daily lives. AI’s effect will likely be just as unpredictable.

Beyond Access: Fostering Sustainable and Inclusive Climate Solutions Through Digital Technologies
Beyond Access: Harnessing Digital Technologies for Education and Upskilling
Digital Inclusion vs. Innovation Momentum: Is There a Tradeoff? And Must Economies Choose?

Is it possible for an economy to be both digitally inclusive and at the forefront of innovation-based digital growth?

Global Digital Inclusion: Progress to Parity Scorecard

Benchmarking 90 economies' progress in closing the gender, rural-urban, and socioeconomic digital divide

How Biden’s “Internet for All” Initiative Can Actually Fulfill Its Mission

Right now, half of Americans aren’t using broadband internet. In an effort to close this digital divide, the Biden administration has launched the Internet for All initiative: a massive investment of funds to expand access to high-speed internet in the world’s most valuable and second most evolved digital economy.

Beyond Access: How Digital Technologies Power Inclusive Innovation in Smallholder Farming

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The Emerging Geography of AI: Introducing the Top-Ranked AI Nations (TRAIN) Scorecard

The Emerging Geography of AI: Introducing the Top-Ranked AI Nations (TRAIN) Scorecard

As the Global AI race intensifies, we mapped emerging AI leadership across data, rules, capital, and innovation.

Glass Ceilings, Broken Rungs, and Gummy Floors: Part 2

Glass Ceilings, Broken Rungs, and Gummy Floors: Part 2

Women remain under-represented in high-paying technical and decision-making roles in STEM professions – a scenario that exposes the Achilles’ heel of the entire technology industry.

Global Digital Inclusion: Progress to Parity Scorecard 2022

Global Digital Inclusion: Progress to Parity Scorecard 2022

The under-representation of women in high-paying STEM roles is a vexing issue that exposes a systemic inertia across the industry.

Digital Intelligence Index

Trust in the Digital Economy and Its Evolution Across 90 Economies as the Planet Paused for the Pandemic
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Is BRICS offering an alternative model for global governance?: Ravi Shankar Chaturvedi

Is BRICS offering an alternative model for global governance?: Ravi Shankar Chaturvedi

The BRICS group exists in a symbiotic relationship with the Western-led global institutions while engaging in new economic initiatives. Yet it can only become a real alternative if it improves the conditions of the Global South.

Tech in Ukraine after two years of war: Interview with Bhaskar Chakravorti

Tech in Ukraine after two years of war: Interview with Bhaskar Chakravorti

Amid war, Ukraine's tech adapts: from service-led to aiding efforts & planning Smart Ukraine. SET's Iryna Volnytska trains women; Bhaskar Chakravorti studies the shift."

With elections in at least 83 countries, will 2024 be the year of AI freak-out?: Bhaskar Chakravorti

With elections in at least 83 countries, will 2024 be the year of AI freak-out?: Bhaskar Chakravorti

Regulatory panic could do more harm than good. Rather than poor risk management today, rules should anticipate the greater risks that lie ahead.

How can the enterprise earn investor trust through sustainability disclosures?: Bhaskar Chakravorti

How can the enterprise earn investor trust through sustainability disclosures?: Bhaskar Chakravorti

Deloitte & Fletcher School's study reveals strategies for enhancing investor trust in sustainability disclosures, highlighting the critical role of reliable data and the growing importance of sustainability in investment decisions.

What if Regulation Makes the AI Monopoly Worse?: Bhaskar Chakravorti

What if Regulation Makes the AI Monopoly Worse?: Bhaskar Chakravorti

In 2023, AI's breakthrough led to Big Tech dominance. Regulators, aiming to protect, unintentionally fueled accelerationists' power, raising consolidation risks.

Charting the Emerging Geography of AI: Bhaskar Chakravorti, Ajay Bhalla, and Ravi Shankar Chaturvedi

Charting the Emerging Geography of AI: Bhaskar Chakravorti, Ajay Bhalla, and Ravi Shankar Chaturvedi

AI power shifts globally impact prioritized applications, societal benefits, economic sectors, data for training algorithms, biases inclusion, and innovation versus safeguards balance. 25 nations compete for AI leadership.

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